• Short Summary

    Closer look at one of Britain's most famous and most nostalgic charities.

  • Description

    Various locations.

    A man on motorbike learning streets around London - trainee taxi driver. Black cab manoeuvring in a street instructed by elderly man. This is British Legion taxi drivers school in action. Several shots of Whitehall Cenotaph - man takes his bowler off as he passes. A girl collecting for poppy appeal - money needed for support of Legion's various activities.

    Several C/U shots of cacti. British Legion President, Sir Oliver Leese appears surrounded by cacti - he talks about organisation's support of the disabled survivors of not only the two world wars but more recent conflicts as well (Malaysia, Cyprus, Korea). He talks about Legion's activities.

    A short sequence featuring youngsters at Outward Bound school (canoeing, rock climbing, hiking etc.). Legion pays for ex-servicemen children's fees. Old man in uniform directs visitors at Wimbledon - he is from Legion's company of Attendants.

    Several shots of old men making poppies at poppy factory in Richmond. Cut to a Cambrian tweed factory in Breconshire, Wells. Succession of shots showing tweed production process.

    At the Legion's village factory in Maidstone, men are making new European road signs, women are making Christmas crackers and here is where all Legion's literature is printed.

    Many ex-servicemen cannot work and Legion has a few homes where they enjoy their retirement. Several shots of Crossfield House, one of the homes. Beautiful countryside, men and women are seen fishing, walking, relaxing, chatting playing golf...

    Note: The Outward Bound sequence is taken from CP 717 "Outward Bound" - short film about the school.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:51:21:00 / 01:58:11:00
    CP 722

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